Letter: Support carbon tax

As residents of Carbondale, I think we can agree on a few matters: First, we live in the heart of magnificent natural beauty. Second, we live here because we love the spectacle of nature, and we want to share it with future generations. Third, we rejoice in finding our own path. I have watched generations before me turn dreams into reality. It’s what inspired me to run for public office.

It’s with these tenets in mind that I ask you to consider Ballot Measure 2A. We recognize the joy found in nature, we know its future is in the balance, and we are not afraid to lead based on our values.

By providing a stable funding source for clean energy, 2A would enable us to invest in our economy, invest in the community and invest in our planet. There are successful programs in place, which afford us great efficiency with the funds. From 2009-2014, our town reduced carbon emissions 5.5 percent in spite of a growing population and rebounding economy. The energy upgrades that were completed saved our community over $400,000 on our energy bills. Still there is more work to do.

The measure commits to funding programs for income-qualified households to support those who otherwise could not complete energy upgrades. The proposed plan of improving the efficiency of 800 homes and 50 businesses and doubling the production of solar power over the next six years, would nearly reach our goal of reducing emissions 20 percent by 2020.

The Board of Trustees will work with an advisory committee and will welcome public input to shape the exact programs. Of significant importance is that Carbondale is not the first to try this. The exact measure was passed in Boulder in 2006 and was approved again in 2012.

Measure 2A, which will sunset after six years, is not a sacrifice. This is an investment. It combines our values for the environment with our dedication to improving our community for ourselves, our neighbors and future generations.

Support Measure 2A and turn in your ballot to Town Hall by April 5.

Pam Zentmyer

trustee, town of Carbondale

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